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    Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights)
    Janaury 14, 2013

    The Harare Central Police have arrested ZimRights Director Okay Machisa on charges of Conspiracy to commit fraud, forgery and publishing falsehoods, while ZimRights Secretary Faith Mamutse has signed a warned and cautioned statement and has been released.

    The formal charges were laid after two members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) reportedly stormed the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association offices in Harare and conducted a search of the offices this afternoon. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) lawyers, Beatrice Mtetwa and Gift Mtisi witnessed the search.

    Earlier this morning ZimRights Director Okay Machisa together with Secretary Faith Mamutse handed themselves over to the Harare Central Police following summons from the Law and Order Section at the Harare Central Police Station.

    In December 2012, police arrested the organisation's Deputy National Programs Coordinator Leo Chamahwinya who is currently in remand at Chikurubi maximum prison under trumped up charges.

    The move by the police is the latest attack on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO)'s by the coalition government, which in recent months has been harassing human rights defenders and NGOs ahead of a constitutional referendum and planned general elections.

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